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definition of the word country

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Middle English contree, contre, from Old French contrée, from Vulgar Latin (terra) contrata ((land) lying opposite; (land) spread before), derived from contra (against, opposite).

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country (plural countries)

  1. A nation state, a political entity asserting ultimate authority over a geographical area.
    Australia is both a country and a continent.
  2. A former independent nation state (e.g., England or Scotland).
  3. (usually preceded by “the”) A rural area, as opposed to a town or city; countryside.
    I come from the country — I'd hate to live in the city now, I'm so used to the woodland and meadows.
    These animals are now found only in the high country.
  4. Short for country music, a genre of popular music that has rural Southern roots and embraces numerous subgenres and styles.


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